1. Great information. Thanks!

  2. Alexandra says...

    Haha I was just talking about this with one of my best friends! We were texting as I packed for a week long vacation in Mexico and commiserated on the challenges of packing. She wrote: “I’m the queen of packing all these ‘lewks’ because I want to be some kind of vacation version of myself and then I arrive and I’m like wait jk I’m still me just in a new place.”
    Vacation version of myself! Too real.

  3. Tovah says...

    Last time we traveled to visit my parents (two airplane rides), my kindergartener packed his bag with an apple and a pinecone. You know, the essentials!

  4. Sandra says...

    I love little kid packing! I took photos of some of my son’s early attempts because they were so sweet—and let me know what was most important to him.

  5. Meg says...

    I am such an aspirational packer!!!

    Me planning outfits for trips: I need something impossibly chic, trendy, but also timeless. Shoes that ‘go’ but do not ‘match’ the outfit, and beautiful jewelry.

    Me at home: Pulls on the same pair of rumbled and cat-hair-covered pants for the third day in a row.

    • Alexa says...

      Same!!

  6. Sara says...

    Preschooler – Totally nailed it! on a recent trip my 5 year old packed: rocks, a book, 4 stuffies, a piece of trash (gum wrapper) and a heart shaped stress that I had never seen before. All the essentials ;) Made me laugh when I opened his bag upon arrival.

  7. Maggie says...

    I actually just thought “is it Friday?”. Cup of Jo is so ingrained in my life!

    • Tovah says...

      me too!

  8. LMNOP says...

    Wait, what day is it?!

  9. Lee says...

    I’m somehow a combo of aspirational (of course I’ll find time to work out!) and mathematical. My husband is a former Eagle Scout that packs impressively light and it would drive me bonkers–but it means I have room for extra stuff! haha

  10. Franny says...

    I am compulsively light packer and usually try to stick to a color theme (aka black, white, grey, and denim 9/10). The only thing I go overboard with is underwear, you can never have too many pairs!!

    • nona says...

      Secret of life right there! If you have delays or want to extend your vacation, you can re-wear / re-combine clothes pretty easily, but not underwear. And really, who wants to wear crinkly sink-and-bar-soap-hung-to-dry underwear?

  11. Meghan says...

    Is it… Friday? :) Haha!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha we are doing it early bc of vacation!

    • Florencia says...

      I panicked when I saw this post and thought I was missing a Friday morning meeting!

  12. Laura C. says...

    The fourth one is actually my little girl’s current backpack

  13. Naseem says...

    But guys, it’s thursday.

    – says someone who is so heavily relying on routine and Cupofjo to get through a VERY difficult breakup.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      sending so much love, naseem!!! we’ve all been there, it’s the WORST feeling. you’ll be happy again, i promise. xoxoxoxo

    • just chiming in to say i did the same thing almost exactly 2 years ago. sending you hugs, take care of yourself. you’re going to be okay :)

    • Naseem says...

      Thank you Joanna and Stacy. I’m in the thick of it. My heart is so broken. But I’m also full of gratitude for my amazing group of friends who have literally showed up for me every single day of the past month and given me so many wonderful reasons to get out of bed.

      And Joanna, I don’t know if you remember me. We met at Books are Magic last summer shortly after my (ex) boyfriend and I arrived from Atlanta for him to begin residency. I’m the Naseem from the comment section of Dating Tips from a Therapist. THAT amazing man blindsided me a month ago and I.am.heartbroken. He’s in residency and he is having a hard time. I still think he’s a great human. I’m just really really sad I don’t get to be a part of his life anymore.

      Anyway. I’m just releasing some steam. I love this community so much, I’ve been pouring over the heartbreak/breakup posts and the comments and they are keeping me afloat and optimistic.

    • Vee says...

      We are with you Naseem. I am with you! Caroline helped so much. (You hear me, Caroline!? So much!)

      It’s been a slow recovery. Aspirin helped the first weeks. One year later, I’m comfortable reminding myself that extraordinary people have survived broken hearts. And we are extraordinary.

  14. Amanda says...

    I saw a cartoon an got really excited thinking it was Friday! Alas..

  15. KimW says...

    Good to know that my 49 year old husband packs like a toddler…sub in backpack for lunch box…add a couple of empty balloons & broken headphones that don’t pair with his phone….

    • FGB says...

      This made me laugh out loud – so funny!

    • Helen says...

      Last year my 4 year old packed a small wooden toilet from her dolls house and a photo of herself for our road trip!

  16. Hali says...

    I’m the procrastipack variety. Well honed in the craft of packing with 35 minutes to spare, with a signature move of forgetting just one necessity every time. Usually a toothbrush, sometimes a charger, once and only once: all underwear.

    • Eloise says...

      YES! I was in such a rush last week that I thought I left my phone home. That night, my toiletry bag (in the hotel bathroom) rang.

    • nadine says...

      haha, i’m the same! i’m very proud of being able to pack quickly but i tend to forget something somewhat important. On a trip to ireland i forgot to bring pants, and another time i travelled to north of Germany with only flip flops since i left any other type of shoes at home.

    • Karyn says...

      Yes! Another one; I’m just the same. I’m a nearly-blind, daily contact lens wearer, and one time I forgot my eyeglasses :( The evenings when I would usually take out my contacts and relax were so scratchy and weird.